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SBIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to making a positive impact utilizing the power of film. SBIFF is a year-round organization that is best known for its main film festival that takes place each year in February. Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

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'A Year in Burgundy' (2012)

"Oh, some are fond of Spanish wine, and some are fond of French." John Masefield (1878-1967), Captain Stratton's Fancy.

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.” Medieval German saying.

'A Year in Burgundy' (2012) held its world premier at the 28th Santa Barbara Film Festival. This richly informative documentary takes the viewer on a cinematic wine tour of the region sharing its sacred secrets of centuries of wine making. Praised as a wine producing mecca, Burgundy is situated in the Northeast of France in the Côte-d'Or where the best Burgundy grapes are grown. 'A Year in Burgundy' is a must see for every wine lover and connoisseur to understand the roots of this rich, beloved and canonical epicenter of red (Burgundy) wine.

In the region of Burgundy, France seven traditional French vintner families discuss their greatest passion- Burgundy (aka Bourgogne) wines. The word ‘Bourgogne’ comes from the word ‘Burgundians’, who were a Germanic tribe from the same province during the Middle Ages. The making of wines in this region spans since before the inhabitants of the Burgundians in this territory. Cistercian monks have been producing wine in this region since the Dark Ages (500-1000) and one of the world’s oldest wine houses - HQ, Clos de Vougeot- still exists, and is the location for one of the scenes of the film. Despite modern technology used in most of the commercial mass-producing wine regions of the world, strict tradition still applies in Burgundy’s ‘terroirs’. The most popular grapes in this region are the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay.


Director/Producer David Kennard, featuring legendary wine importer Martine Saunier. 


Written by Vanessa McMahon

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